KABAROLE— 749 students have been conferred degrees, awarded diplomas and certificates the 14th congregation of Mountains of the Moon University at their main campus in Fort Portal City.
This congregation marks the first graduation since the university was transformed into a public university.
President Yoweri Museveni in a speech read for him by Vice President Jessica Alupo said a graduation ceremony is a major milestone in the educational journey of all students and recognises their hard work over the years and also congratulated Prof. Edward Rugumayo upon his appointment as the first Chancellor of Mountains of the Moon University.
The President said that government supports projects with potential and those that exhibit traits of steady progress of which education is among.
He said that education is critical to playing a great part in social economic transformation of the country and affirmed that government will continue supporting and working closely with Mountains of the Moon university to nurture the badly needed human resource and skills in the world of work.
The President said that the NRM policy is broad based and committed to having one primary school per parish, one secondary school per subcounty, one technical school per district and eventually per county.
The President added, that currently 90% parishes in the country have primary schools of which 80% are government aided and 90% of all sub counties have secondary schools and of which 67% are government aided and in the same vein a big number of all sub regions have a public university of which Mountains of the Moon University is among.
The President challenged the new graduates to have a positive attitude towards work and participate in wealth creation programmes of government among which include the Parish Development Model, Emyooga among others.
Museveni said that the future of the country is bright and encouraged the graduates to harness opportunities available in commercial agriculture, industry, ICT and the services sector to create wealth for their own transformation and that of the country.
He further urged them to analyse and evaluate the trajectory of society and devise strategies to change the country through their multi disciplinary expertise and urged them to keep healthy in order to be productive as they build the country.
The Minister for Education and Sports in her speech read for her by the State Minister for Primary Education Joyce Moriku Kadducu said that higher education is essential to foster transformation of the country.
Mrs. Janet Museveni said thanked all stakeholders of Mountains of the Moons in ensuring that education becomes a major pillar in the economic development of the country and expressed optimism that the university will grow even to greater heights.
She pledged to pursue the remaining challenges since the university was passed on from its previous owners to become a public university in the country.
Mountains of the Moon Chancellor Prof. Edward Rugumayo in absentia represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Kasenene said this is the newest public university in the country and which has grown and developed into a competitive and respectable public university.
He said that the disciplines of the university include agriculture ICT which are key development pillars of the economy.